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Marginal Gains

Marginal Gains

From this academic year, the Office for Students has asked SUN to deliver an attainment raising strand within the Uni Connect programme. The Marginal Gains programme looks at improving the metacognition of students and we are keen to expand this programme across the region, within the context of raising attainment.


PSHE FRAMEWORK: Health & wellbeing, Relationships, Living in the Wider World

DELIVERY OPTIONS: Delivered in person as 3 x 2 hour workshops. We recommend leaving a gap of a couple of weeks between each workshop to allow consolidation time for the students

  • Attainment Raising
  • Improve Disengagement
  • Boost Confidence

What will the session cover?

The focus of Marginal Gains is on students recognising that by making small, 1% improvements time and time again, they can reach their overall goals. It’s a philosophy that was used by British cycling coach Dave Brailsford to help the team go on to win numerous medals and races. To find out more about the Marginal Gains programme, developed by Cosmos Engagement, please CLICK HERE.

The programme is incredibly interactive and allows students to practice the theories they learn in a practical way. Students will take part in 3 workshops. Each workshop, delivered by trained SUN staff, is approximately 2 hours long (the equivalent of 2 consecutive lessons). We typically recommend leaving a gap of a couple of weeks between each workshop to allow consolidation time for the students.

Who is it for?

YEAR GROUP: Suitable for (Years 9-10)

TARGET COHORTS: Male (female & mixed options are available at request)(Marginal Gains is targeted at young men who have the potential to progress but who are currently not doing so for whatever reason.)

SUGGESTED COHORT SIZE: Maximum 20 students

Getting the group right:

Please use the below as a guide for selecting students to be part of the programme.

– Students should have the ability and desire to achieve their academic targets, although they may not currently be doing so.

– Students might be low in confidence, disengaged, or beginning to disengage, in education.

– Students should have some desire to be in education.

– The group shouldn’t be 20 of the most behavioural challenging students in the year.

Further Information

We also hope to undertake some detailed evaluation as part of the programme and will discuss this with you within the booking process.